Academics

Political Science

Do you enjoy politics? Would you like to become more aware of how our country works specifically and the world works generally? Do you aspire to become involved in government at the local, state or federal level?

Program Overview

At Concordia-Chicago, our small political science classes make it easy for students to get to know their professors. Professors are easily accessible to answer students’ questions and informally chat about class discussions or a wide variety of related issues.

We’re proud that approximately 90 percent of our students are employed or enrolled in graduate programs in their fields within six months of graduation. We educate students to be faithful, civic minded individuals who will actively engage and change the world through their careers and/or their volunteer efforts. Some political science majors continue their education in graduate school in political science or another social science discipline or go on to law school.

General Course Overview

You will be required to take the introductory American government and politics course and then select your remaining coursework from a variety of electives. Past offerings have included The Politics of the Middle East, Global Terrorism and International Security in addition to:

  • Political Theory
  • The American Presidency
  • State and Local Government 
  • Constitutional Law
  • Public Policy
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations 

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

Our proximity to Chicago allows you access to hundreds of government agencies, political consulting firms and advocacy organizations. And CUC's size allows you direct interaction with your professors—offering you the opportunity to truly engage throughout the course of your college career.

Washington Semester - Students wishing to broaden their experiences can study in Washington, D.C. through the Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS). Participating in this small, personalized program allows you to live, study, and intern (for credit) in Washington, D.C. You may also consider enrolling in our study abroad program, in which we partner with universities around the world to offer unique experiences. For more information, talk with your academic advisor.

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Government Administrator
Congressional Staffer
Customs Officer
Government Analyst
Immigration Officer
Elected Official
Foreign Service Officer
Attorney
Journalist
Archivist
City Planner
Lobbyist
Campaign Manager
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